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SC11 will feature the latest scientific and technical innovations from around the world. Bringing together
scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and managers, SC11
will be the forum for demonstrating how these developments are driving new ideas, new discoveries and
new industries. The SC11 thrust is Data Intensive Science; the theme is Connecting Communities; and the
technical program focus is on sustained performance. As we head toward yet another great conference, this
will serve as a resource for preparations, deadlines and news regarding the conference.



HEADLINES:

* From the Chair

* Submissions Website Available to Submitters

* State of the Practice Abstracts Due May 20

* Workshops Submissions Due May 23

* SCinet Research Sandbox

* Planning a Large-Scale Booth Demo at SC11?

* ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award Nominations Due July 1

* IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award Nominations Due July 1 

* IEEE Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award Nominations Due July 1

* Seattle Events during SC11


From the Chair

While many of you are preparing for summer activities, the SC11 committee is focusing on preparations for another
exciting conference in November. It is our goal to ensure the SC11 Conference provides you with the best possible
experience. If you have suggestions for how we can make the conference most beneficial to you, please let us know.

We want to remind everyone that the Technical Program will have a FULL DAY OF SESSIONS ON FRIDAY,
November 18, the last day of the conference. This is a departure from past years, where the conference has
normally ended at noon on Friday. This will enable people to take full advantage of an expanded set of papers, tutorials
and workshops. Please plan to reserve your hotel room through Saturday, November 19, so you are able to fully participate
in the sessions on Friday. This will enable people to take full advantage of an expanded set of papers, tutorials and workshops.

The community has responded with more technical paper submissions than ever before--a testament to the excellent
quality of the SC Technical Program. Now, of course, the Technical Program Committee is faced with the challenging
task of reviewing and selecting from among the large number of quality submissions.

There is still time to submit to the new State-of-the-Practice session, posters, workshops, SCinet research sandbox, BOFs,
disruptive technologies, doctoral showcase, and the awards programs (Seymour Cray, Sidney Fernbach, Ken Kennedy,
and George Michael).

The Communities Program is gearing up for community participation. This program includes Student Volunteers, Education
Program, Broader Engagement, International Ambassador, Student Job Fair, and the Mentor/Protégé Program. We encourage
you to learn more about the Communities Program activities via the SC11 web site and review the important dates for participation.

Summary of Upcoming Submission Deadlines

• State of the Practice
  o Abstracts due: Friday, May 20, 2011
  o Reports due: Friday, May 27, 2011

• Workshops
  o Due: Monday, May 23, 2011

• SCinet Research Sandbox
  o Proposals due: June 1, 2011

• ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
  o Nominations due: Friday, July 1, 2011

• Seymore Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award
  o Nominations due: Friday, July 1, 2011

• Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award
  o Nominations due: Friday, July 1, 2011

• Birds of a Feather
  o Due: Friday, July 22, 2011

• Disruptive Technologies
  o Due: Friday, July 22, 2011

• Doctoral Showcase
  o Due: Friday, July 22, 2011

• Posters

  o Due: Friday, July 22, 2011

• Education Program
  o Applications due: July 31, 2011

• Student Volunteers
  o Applications due: August 14, 2011

• Broader Engagement Program
  o Applications due: August 14, 2011

We hope you will join us for the full week of activities November 12 - 18.

Scott Lathrop, SC11 Chair

 

Submissions Website Available to Submitters

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the SC11 Submissions site and the Important Dates section of the SC11 website,
designed to help you navigate through the numerous opportunities the conference offers. These opportunities include
fellowship awards, student volunteering opportunities, awards recognizing substantial contributions to the HPC
community, panels, as well as participation in poster sessions. These sites provide you with upcoming proposals,
nomination, and submission openings, as well as closing dates and times. To assist you in your submission preparations,
sample forms are available on the Submission site for you to see what you are expected to include. You will need to set up
an account in order to submit proposals, nominations, etc. The account form is is also available on the Submissions page.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with these useful SC11 locations!

 


State of the Practice Abstracts Due May 20

An exciting new element for SC11, the State of the Practice provides a venue for the discussion and exchange of best
practices involving provisioning, using and improving the critical systems and services in high performance computing,
networking, and storage. SC11 recognizes many of the community challenges that span institutions, architectures and
vendors, even within a single facility. The challenges include improving performance at scale, large-scale system
management and deployment, highly parallel storage, and energy efficiency, to name a few. It is valuable to provide an
open exchange of best ideas and methods for dealing with the aspects of unprecedented scale. The State of the Practice
component is a formal, peer-reviewed venue organized to address this need. Reports and presentations will be available
as a permanent record within the ACM and IEEE CS archives. We encourage organizations and individuals that may
not routinely submit in the technical program to consider this new forum.

Abstracts due: Friday, May 20 , 2011

Reports due: Friday, May 27, 2011

Notification: Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Submission site:http://submissions.supercomputing.org
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=stateofthepractice.html
Questions: state-of-the-practice@info.supercomputing.org



Workshops Submissions Due May 23

SC11 welcomes proposals for independently planned full-, half-, or multi-day workshops that complement the overall
technical program events, expand the knowledge base of its subject area and extend its impact by providing greater
depth of focus. Proposals for workshops will be reviewed with an eye toward providing interaction and in-depth
discussion of stimulating topics of interest to the HPC community.


Submissions due: Monday, May 23, 2011

Notification: Wednesday, July 1, 2011
Submission Site: http://submissions.supercomputing.org
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=workshops.html
Questions: workshops@info.supercomputing.org

 

SCinet Research Sandbox

SC11 is soliciting submissions for participation in the SCinet Research Sandbox (SRS). We invite each of you who has
developed an innovative network approach to test your ideas within the SRS, a unique environment of the SCinet network.
The SC11 SRS will, for the first time, feature a 10 Gbps, multi-vendor OpenFlow network testbed (see http://www.openflowswitch.org).
OpenFlow allows the creation of software-defined network policy. The ability to "program the network" stands to be a significant
innovation in HPC, an arena that depends on, and pushes, the capabilities of network infrastructure. Our current plan is to
provide a non-trivial topology consisting of OpenFlow switches in the SCinet network, and to connect these to the GENI
testbed. The SRS will also provide VMs for running the OpenFlow "flowvisor," and 2-3 hosts for research experiments.
The final OpenFlow network testbed architecture will be defined after review of the proposed experiments.
Note that use of the OpenFlow testbed is not required.

In addition to having access to the Sandbox, you will also be able to present your experiment in a technical panel
session, and submissions will be included in the SC11 proceedings. Accepted projects are expected to write up the
results obtained during SC11, and all SRS write-ups will be assembled for journal submission. SCinet may provide
additional fiber to a booth to support an SRS experiment as well.


Proposals due: Wednesday, June 1 , 2011

Notification: Friday, July 15, 2011
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=scinetsandbox.html
Questions: scinet-sandbox@info.supercomputing.org



Planning a Large-Scale Booth Demo at SC11? SCinet Needs Your Wide Area Circuit
Requests by June 15


If your organization or company is planning a large-scale demonstration at SC11, the SCinet team needs to know!
SCinet provides the underlying network infrastructure for the conference and is collecting wide area (WAN) and metro
network requirements now. WAN circuits are needed for any exhibitor that requires point-to-point connectivity to a remote
location to support a booth demo. SCinet is requesting exhibitors and network entities identify their WAN circuit requirements
into the convention center no later than June 15.

The SCinet WAN Team is working with ESnet, Internet2, National LambdaRail (NLR), and The Pacific Northwest Gigapop
(PNWGP) to implement the required circuits for SC11. The following WAN services are currently planned to be available:
ESnet's IP Network and Science Data Network, Internet2's IP Network and dynamic circuit ION Service and NLR's
PacketNet and FrameNet. As always, commodity Internet will also be provided.

Please contact the SCinet WAN Team with your intent to use SC11's network and the details of your specific requirements,
including: Circuit type and bandwidth, carrier or provider, circuit origination points, and circuit termination point on
the SC11 show floor, if known.

For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=scinet.html
Questions: wan-team@scinet.supercomputing.org



IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Science and Engineering Award Nominations Due July 1

This is your last opportunity to nominate a person you think is most deserving of the Seymour Cray Computer Science
and Engineering Award, which recognizes innovative contributions to HPC systems that best exemplify the creative spirit
of Seymour Cray. The award consists of a certificate and $10,000 honorarium. Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society,
this prestigious honor will be presented during a special awards session at the conference.


Nominations due: Friday, July 1, 2011

Nomination form: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/awards/seymourcray
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=awards.html
Questions: awards@info.supercomputing.org



ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award Nominations Due July 1

The Ken Kennedy Award recognizes substantial contributions to programmability and productivity in computing and
substantial community service or mentoring contributions. The award honors the remarkable research, service, and
mentoring contributions of Ken Kennedy and includes a $5,000 honorarium. This award will be presented during
a special session at the conference.

Nominations open: Monday, May 9, 2011
Nominations close: Friday July 22, 2011
Submission Site: https://submissions.supercomputing.org/
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=awards.html
Questions: awards@info.supercomputing.org



IEEE Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award Nominations Due July 1

If you know a peer, student, or anyone who excels at HPC problem solving, nominate this deserving individual for the
Sidney Fernbach Memorial Award, which honors innovative uses of HPC in problem solving. A certificate and $5,000
honorarium are given to the winner. Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, this prestigious honor will be presented
during a special awards session at the conference.


Nominations due : Wednesday, July 1, 2011
Nomination form: http://awards.computer.org/ana/award/view.action?id=16
For more information: http://sc11.supercomputing.org/?pg=awards.html
Questions: awards@info.supercomputing.org



Seattle Events during SC11

When you are not attending one of SC11's many tutorials, panels, speakers or the exhibits program, step outside of the
convention center and experience what Seattle has to offer. There are many events that are occurring in the city during the
conference that may be of interest to you. Check out the Seattleā€™s Convention and Visitors Bureau calendar of events to
find the many exhibits, concerts, and shows that you can choose from during the month of November.


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